Mizzou Wrestling Continues Domination

Sunday, Nov. 25-

The Missouri wrestling team looked dominant once again as the Tigers handled South Dakota State 36-3, and Stanford 31-3 to improve to 5-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.

Junior Alan Waters continued his great season with a decision and a major decision in the 125-pound weight class to secure wins number eight and nine.

No. 6 wrestler in the nation senior Nathan McCormick also notched two victories with a decision and a major decision to improve his personal record to 10-0. McCormick was overpowering against Stanford’s Peter Russo as he tallied six takedowns en route to winning 15-5.

In the 141-pound weight class, redshirt sophomore Trevor Jauch and senior Nicholas Hucke stepped up for the Tigers. Jauch pinned Ben Gillete of South Dakota State in his first career dual match for Mizzou. Jauch has jumped out the gates this season with a convincing 12-0 record.

The Tigers had not dropped an individual dual match since November 10 until the 157-pound match against SDSU. During this streak, the Tigers have outscored their opponents by an astonishing 69-0. The streak was lengthened when junior Kyle Bradley downed Cody Pack. The ride came to end though as SDSU’s Joseph Brewster defeated Zach Toal.

Seniors Todd Porter and Mike Larson also put up their fair share of points. Porter dominated John Nething II of SDSU, totaling six takedowns and tallying seven points in the match. Meanwhile, Larson won two major decisions in the 184-pound class.

After senior Brent Hayes’ two victories in the 197-pound division, he is only nine wins shy of 100 career wins. Hayes will likely break the 100-win mark in the near future and become part of an elite group of Tiger wrestlers.

Mizzou handled Stanford rather easily. The Cardinal’s only victory came in a tight 3-2 decision that was decided by riding time.

Mizzou will have a few off days before heading out to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen Invitational this upcoming weekend.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer